Intro: How to Make a Spinning Pot or Zine Rack From an Old Bike Wheel
A spinning pot or zine rack is easy to make from an old bike wheel. They are handy for de-cluttering the kitchen and keeping pots and utensils accessible (it spins!) or for displaying zines in a dining/ study room or hang out space. it would also be possible to use as a clothes rack (hooked spokes could be substituted for clothes hangers) and many more things I'm sure!
Front bike wheel including hub, spokes and rim (tyre and tube not needed)
Flat head screwdriver
If the wheel is rusty or in bad condition you may need:
1. Remove the tyre and tube from the rim using tyre levers. Remove spokes using the spoke key and/or the flat head screw driver. If the spokes are rusted in, cut them loose with wire cutters or use WD40 to loosen.
2. Thread the spokes out of the hub
3. If the hub works, wipe it down with degreaser or white vinegar to clean.
If the hub is grinding: thread the bolts off one end carefully keeping the hub upright using the two spanners. One spanner is used to hold the bolts on one end in place while the second threads them off the other. WD40 may be needed if rusty. Once bolts are loose, carefully apply grease to the ball bearings inside the hub at both ends (may need cleaning first with degreaser) and re-tighten the bolts until the hub spins smoothly.
4. If the rim is rusty, rub it down with steel wool
5. Thread 4 or more spokes through the lower end of the hub to the wheel and screw on spoke caps
6. Add spokes all around the wheel, let them hang down and give them a hook shape with the pliers
7. hang the hub and slip pots and utensils on the hooks. Clothes pegs also work well for hanging zines off the hooks. Voila! You have a spinning pot/zine rack
First Image - zine rack
Second image - my first attempt, using a wheel I found on the street that had had the hub cut out of it. We hang pots on it too sometimes, but just little ones because of the way it's secured. I'd like to add a hub to it too some day.